HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he supports expanding a marine monument in the remote Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
Ige's office said Thursday he sent a letter to President Barack Obama declaring his support for enlarging the Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument.
He told the president that expanding the monument's boundaries carefully balances the real human needs of today with the future health of an ecosystem that sustains life in the Hawaiian Islands.
Ige says he supports the boundary proposal submitted by U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii. This would limit the expansion along the monument's southern boundary to preserve popular fishing grounds for Hawaii fishermen.
The governor also reiterated his request that the Office of Hawaiian Affairs be made a co-trustee of the monument.